BMTC – Little Shop of Horrors

Burton Musical Theatre Company

Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood.

As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination

Directed by Oly Wright

The show runs at  the de Ferrer’s Academy, Dove Campus, Harehedge Lane, Burton on Trent. DE13 0AS from Tuesday, February 21st until Saturday, February 25th, from 7.30pm, there is also a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets are available by telephoning 01283 541552 or by emailing

LTCY – Les Miserables (School Edition)

Little Theare Company Youth

Les Miserables (School Edition)

 by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg

Back by popular demand, LTC Youth are thrilled to bring you their brand new production of the world’s most popular musical, “Les Miserables School Edition”, starring a brand new cast.


Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd April 2017

7:30 each evening plus Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2:30pm

Tickets: £12 adults / £10 concessions

(Concessions available at all performances – Matinee tickets all £10)

All Little Theatre Company shows are performed at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent

 Brewhouse Box Office 01283 508100

Mellows – The Addams Family -review


Picture credit: Phillip Ingham



Yesterday was Tuesday, but it was Wednesday’s night at Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre.

Charlotte Farthing shone in an outstanding cast as The Mellow Dramatics brought The Addams Family to ‘life’.

The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Ellice.

Brilliantly led by Edward Moore, as patriarch Gomez, and Donna Stephenson, as matriarch Morticia, the whole of the Addams family – living, dead and undecided – entertained the Brewhouse audience with witty one-liners, intricate lyrics and, courtesy of director/choreographer Natasha Ingham, slick dancing.

I struggle to recall when I have seen better casting in all the major roles. Each and every one of the principals looked the part.

Although the show is based on Charles Addams cartoon strips rather than the TV or film characters, they all looked as if they had stepped straight off the big screen.

The plot concerns the secret engagement of Wednesday to Lucas Beineke, played by Owen Wardle, who, whisper it, comes from a ‘normal family from Ohio’.

Wednesday confides in her father and also reveals that she has invited the Beineke family to dinner so she and Lucas can announce their engagement to both sets of parents. This leads to a dilemma for Gomez which is only sorted out during one fateful, but hilarious dinner party after which none of the protaganists will ever be the same.

The remaining, living Addams family, consisting of son Pugsley, played by Joe Wardle, Grandma Addams, played by an unrecognisable Natalie Veasey, Uncle Fester, played by Rhys Jones, who sets the scene and is instrumental in recruiting the deceased Addamses to Wednesday’s cause, are excellent and each has a little cameo in which to shine.

The ghostly ancestors form the chorus and dancers. I don’t know how much work they put into the routines  but they really did look like a dance troupe rather than cast members who were having to dance.

Lucas’ ‘normal’ family were both great. A strong performance by Tom Brassington as dad Mal and a joyful Lucy Robinson as mom, Alice, who was all sweetness and rhyming light until the dinner party.

Finally, and very slowly, we come to the Addams Family manservant Lurch, superbly played by Chris Towland who had few lines, then mainly noises, but who conveyed so much with an eyebrow – or a feather duster.

The production team of Rob Murray, musical director, Nicola Wagstaff, Becky Stewart, assistant director and the aforementioned director/choreographer, along with all those behind the scenes have done very well in converting this show for the Brewhouse stage.

As the old theme song says: ‘They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re altogether ooky, The Addams Family.

They’re also on at the Burton’s Brewhouse arts centre all this week. Shows start at 7.30pm every evening with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

Mellows – The Addams Family

The Mellows Dramatics are thrilled to be bringing a spookily magnificent new musical comedy to the stage in January 2017 – The Addams Family.

The show follows the story of a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things gruesome. Featuring well known characters Gomez, Morticia, Fester and Lurch come along and feast your eyes on this frightfully spectacular show!

Come to the mansion, meet the Addams. We will leave the lights off for you!


The Addams Family

From 17th – 21st January 2017

Evenings 7.30, Matinee 2.30 Sat only.

Tuesday and Saturday matinee: £10.00 All other performances: £12.00

Buy 4, get a fifth free on Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat Matinee shows

Box office 01283 508100



Once again why not begin your preparations for Christmas with the atmospheric experience of the Needwood Singers’ Carols by Candlelight?

The concert will consist of our usual mix of the well-loved and the less well-known and will include some audience participation.

This year our first concert will take place at

Alrewas Methodist Church, DE13 7BS on Sunday 4th December.

The second will take place at

St. Peter’s Church, Yoxall, DE13 8PD on Sunday 11th December.

Both concerts will start at 6 p.m. Please note that this is earlier than in previous years.

Tickets will cost £8 (free to under 16s) and will include interval refreshments.

For tickets and further information:

Tel: Sheila 01283716790



Thanks to Mark & Sue Griffiths for the info.

Brewhouse Events -Dec

Performing Stars Academy


Performing Stars Academy presents a C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S feast of songs, dances and short plays that will guarantee to have you tapping your feet and singing along! Come and see the students of PSA Burton for one night only!

Friday 2 December. 7.30pm

£9 Adults (£7 Children)



tHe mAdHoUSe

Sean Taylor plus support

“An absolutely superb guitarist…reminiscent of John Martyn” Bob Harris, Radio 2

“Superbly tailored songs” (Four stars) Daily Mirror

“A fine blues guitarist…Taylor is a man to watch” Guardian

Saturday 3 December. 8pm

£10 ADV (£12 OTD)

Cafe Bar


Stephanie Parrott ARAD School of Dance

Annual School Performance

The pupils of the school perform a ballet featuring scenes from the Harry Potter Stories. Another exciting adventure! All the favourite scenes from the first two books are performed through ballet. Pupils trained by Stephanie Parrott ARAD

Friday 9 December & Saturday 10 December

7pm Plus Saturday Matinee 2.30pm



Please Note: ‘Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K Rowling are not responsible for this event’.


Santa And The Pirates (That Don’t Want Christmas!)

Santa is having trouble this year – somebody has stolen his naughty list!

When the pirates of the good ship ‘Christmas Cheer’ offer to help him find it, he must decide, with the help of the children, who has been good and who has been naughty! But can you ever really trust a pirate?!?

With pieces of eight at stake, a lost Rudolph – and Santa all at sea – will Christmas be able to go ahead at all this year? You will have to join us for an action packed story that is suitable for all ages to see!

Santa and the Pirates (that don‘t want Christmas!) is ideal for families to get together during the festive season for some good traditional fun, songs and games with a modern feel…

Starring: Children’s TV stars Callum Donnelly and Robin Hatcher stars of popular CBeebies TV show ‘SPOTBOTS’DATE

Tuesday 13 December, 1.30pm & 6.30pm

£10 (includes present) £30 Family of 4 (include 2 presents)


Suitable for Ages 2 – 7


GEM Recitals

Hayley Parkes: Classical Piano Recital

GEM Recitals return to the Brewhouse to proudly local pianist Hayley Parkes. Hayley was chosen as one of five of the top young pianists in the country to compete in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Category Final, won first prize at the Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition and has since been twice winner of the EPTA UK piano competition.

GEM Recitals are certain that this will be 45 minutes of sheer musical delight.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12 noon. £5

Cafe Bar


BOX OFFICE 01283 508100


UCS – Concert Review

A cold and frosty afternoon was transformed in the evening by an electrifying performance of Uttoxeter Choral Society. An arresting performance of Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir was accompanied by the playing of two beautiful violinists as well as Katie Riddle on the piano. The dynamic range of the choir was illustrated in this first concert by conductor Jakob Grubbström.

A varied selection of choral items was succeeded by a virtuoso performance by Sarah Farmer on the violin of Gerald Finzi’s Introit ably accompanied by Katie Riddle on piano. During the interval the presence of the mayor, Alan Noyes was utilised as he presented a long service award to Philip Knight who has sung tenor with the choir since his arrival in Uttoxeter in 1966.

Bach’s motet was ably accompanied by the two violins so that when they played in unison only an increase in volume was heard. Patricia Stepien and Sarah were perfectly matched. The harmonies were beautiful.

This was emphasised in the accompaniment of the Faure requiem. Here Sarah played viola and she and Patricia gave a poignant note to an inspirational piece. Rheinberger’s lovely Abendlied was the prelude to a magnificent ending to the concert with Haydn’s Te Deum. The powerful male singers gave a magnificence to the performance balanced by the soft and gentle flow of the allegro. The distinctive surprises of Haydn’s composition were effectively contrived and the piece ended on a triumphant note.

Jakob is to be congratulated, not only for presenting such an interesting concert, but also for his development of the choir into a professional and effective ensemble. The audience praised the violinists on a beautiful performance and the men on their effectiveness.

(soloists Lto R:- Katie Riddle, piano, Sarah Farmer, viola, Patricia Stepien violin,Jakob Grubbström, conductor;)

Mary Pollard.


CTS – Little Shop of Horrors – Review

Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret Theatre School, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton. November 25th and 26th.

For those unfamiliar with the plot – and this includes me – Little Shop of Horrors tells the tale of an alien plant bent on world domination.

The story of a talking plant that thrives on human blood harks back to the heyday of sci-fi films when creatures from the black lagoon played on Cold War fears of a Russian invasion.

But that is just a footnote in history.

Cabaret Theatre School’s production of the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman black comedy at the Brewhouse arts centre has plenty of vocal talent on show from the young cast.

Little Shop of Horrors tells of Seymour, played by Harry Whetton, who is bullied by flower store owner Mrs Mushnik, played by Lilly Prince, who is ready to shut up shop until . . .  Seymour reveals Audrey 2 – the alien plant voiced wonderfully by Sara Evans-Bolger.

Because of Audrey 2 Seymour’s life changes as the shop becomes successful and he becomes a celebrity. All the while longing for shopgirl Audrey, played by Hannah Birkin, after whom he named the blood drinking monster – some tribute eh, to notice him.

However, Seymour conceals the dark secret that Audrey 2 feeds on human blood. Mrs Mushnik and Audrey failing to link the plasters on his fingers to the growth spurts the plant is having.

As  Audrey 2 grows Seymour finds it needs more blood than he alone can supply

The fact that the girl he loves is being abused by her dentist  boyfriend gives Seymour the chance to source more nutrition for the plant and said dentist is soon helping Audrey 2 to grow.

Mama Mushnik puts two and two together and suddenly finds  herself  consigned to the by now giant maw of the plant.

Hannah Birkin’s rendition of Somewhere That’s Green was a highlight of the evening as was Suddenly Seymour.

Holding the plot together were a trio Skid Row kids named Chiffon, Ronnette and Crystal – spot the link – played by Dani Murden, Eleanor Skinner and Ashleigh Dudson.

A round of applause must also go to the magnificent puppets that represented the Audrey 2. A Youth Performance Arts Award from Burton Rotary Club helped to finance the hire of these all-important props, which added much to the show.

Congratulations to producer/choreographer Sally Everson and director Dan Webber. Musical director Charlotte Daniel led a trio of musicians gave the show a rock and roll edge.

Little Shop of Horrors will have two further performances today at Burton’s Brewhouse Arts Centre. ( Saturday 26th Nov.)
Box Office 01283 508100

Bill Pritchard.


Ocho – Review

That’s Christmas To Me, Ocho, The Trinity Lounge, George Street, Burton on Trent

This is the first event I’ve attended at the former George Street Methodist Church and I have to say it is a wonderfully cosy and atmospheric space.

As a former church the high ceiling allows the vocals to sweep and soar and a full house were treated to a sublime evening of a capella singing from Ocho.

That’s Christmas to Me took us on a musical journey with carols and popular Christmas songs that really made the festive season seem that bit closer.

From the opening with Heather Sorenson’s arrangement of Christmastime right through to the finale of We Wish you a Merry Christmas the eight piece vocal group entertained and uplifted the audience.

A packed programme of 23 songs had moments of open-mouthed wonderment at the range of the human voice along with toe-tapping numbers such as Jamaican Noel which, in the words of the song, makes you want to ‘stomp on the devil and dance for joy’.

The eight members of the group, four ladies, Soeli Bonham, Tilley Bancroft, Hannah Wilkinson and Rachel Cook along with four men, Huw Lloyd, Stuart Hannibal, Derek Gardner and human beatbox Adrian Juffs have a deep love and understanding of choral singing that shines through their work.

There were many highlights in the concert from the sheer excitement of Jingle Bells to the rousing Jamaican Noel, the chilly feeling created by In The Bleak Midwinter through to the depth and complexity of In Dulci Jubilo.

Away in a Manger brought back memories of Midnight Mass at St Joseph’s, in Derby, and White Christmas and The World for Christmas had tremendous poignancy.

My favourite of the evening, and indeed one of my favourite Christmas songs of all time, was The Drummer Boy. However, I have to say that Ocho’s rendition topped my previous favourite version by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band.

All this and mulled wine and mince pies. The only disappointment of the evening was leaving – stepping out into the rain instead of the snow that the evening merited.

There is still chance to catch Ocho’s That’s Christmas To Me concert as the group are singing at Leicester Guildhall on Monday, December 5th.

If you’re stuck for a stocking filler Ocho have a live CD from a previous concert which will be available at the show or go to their website at for more details.

Bill Pritchard.

CTC – Little Shop of Horrors

Cabaret Theatre Company

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a poor florist hungry for change, a young woman hungry for love …..and a plant that’s just plain hungry!

Join us for some fabulously freaky horticultural happenings at the Brewhouse in November.

Friday 25 November at 7.30pm £12

Saturday 26 November at 2.30pm £10

Saturday 26 November at 7.30pm £12

Brewhouse Box office 01283 508100


Sally Everson

Cabaret Theatre School